• NEW DELHI TEAMS SET FOR INDIAN SCHOOL & COLLEGE BASKETBALL LEAGUES FINALS·      Kirori Mal College men, Ramjas College women will be city representatives in college league
      The event will see the New Delhi’s city champion basketball schools and colleges competing in four categories – Kirori Mal College in Men’;s National College Championships, RamjasCollege in Women’;s National College Championships, Modern School in Boy’s National School Championships, and Montfort in Girl’;s National School Championships.The total prize purse is valued at Rs.43 lakhs. Besides the prize money and shining trophies, the biggest reward the winning teams would get would be refurbished court in their school or college. Runners-ups would get support on improving basketball infrastructure in their educational institute.There will also be the first ever nationalSkills Challenge where students will compete to be the best in dunking, 3-point shooting and more. To make
    • But this is just not going to be about cut-throat competition. Organisers have decided to give the players a time of their lives by getting them involved in other activities too. To start with, the players will attend a training session with National Senior Mens Coach Scott Flemming as well as a nutrition and conditioning session with National Strength & Conditioning Coach Tommy Heffelfinger.
    • The league organized by Basketball Federation of India (BFI) in collaboration with IMG Reliance (IMGR) touched over 13000 students across 1100 educational institutes. The structured, pan-India leagues allowed players and coaches to develop their skills through continued performance over the dedicated three month season.
    • New Delhi, December 14, 2014: All blood and sweat spent for last three months will be worth it for the four city teams who are now heading to New Delhi’s Thyagaraj Sports Complex for the national finals of the Indian School & College Basketball League starting from December 15, 2014 till December 21, 2014.
    • ·      Thyagaraj Sports Complex to host national finals from December 15-21
    • ·      Modern boys, Montfort girls to slug it out in school league
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    • Defence cooperation important
    • Defence cooperation important pillar of India-Russia ties: President
      President Pranab Mukherjee has said defence cooperation is an important pillar of the strategic partnership between India and Russia and Moscow will remain a trusted and indispensable partner for New Delhi’s defence needs.

      Interacting with Russian President Vladimir Putin last evening, Mukherjee said India welcomes Russian participation in India’s defence sector in joint production, research and development and offsets, a release issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan said.

      “Defence cooperation is an important pillar of the strategic partnership between India and Russia. Russia will remain a trusted and indispensable partner for India’s defence needs,” Mukherjee told Putin when the later called on him in New Delhi.

      The President said the economic dimension of the bilateral relationship has huge untapped potential and expansion of trade and economic cooperation with Russia is a priority for India. Mukherjee told Putin that India considers him as a great friend and the guiding force behind the strategic partnership between the two countries.

      “India is fully committed to developing and deepening the India-Russia partnership in diverse areas,” he said. Mukherjee said he was happy that during Putin’s present visit, the two countries have outlined a joint document laying out the vision for enhancing the strategic partnership to a qualitatively new level in the coming years, the release said.

      The President said India appreciates Russia’s support for India’s permanent membership of the UN Security Council and the two countries should work together to make progress in this direction. “India is also grateful for Russia’s support for India’s membership of multilateral export control regimes,” he said.

      The Russian President told Mukherjee that his visit has been successful and meaningful and bilateral relations between the two countries are developing well.

      Putin agreed with the President that the two countries can do much better on trade and said Russia would be happy to enhance cooperation in various fields, including energy and defence.

      The Russian President greeted Mukherjee on his 79th birthday yesterday and gifted him copies of photographs and documentary films relating to Rabindranath Tagore’s visit to Russia in 1930, the release said.

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    • Japan heads to polls 
      Japan heads to polls with Abe on course to retain power
      Voters began casting vote on Sunday for a general election with the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hopeful to retain power.
      Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has billed as a referendum on his economic policies after the initial success of his first two years faded as the country slumped into recession.

      The premier is seeking public blessing for “Abenomics” – his signature plan to fix the country’s flaccid economy – with observers expecting an underwhelming and underprepared opposition will be routed.

      Opinion polls predict his ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its junior partner Komeito will sweep the ballot, probably with an unassailable two-thirds majority, giving them the power to override the upper house.

      “I have been pushing for Abenomics, the policies designed to create jobs and raise salaries,” Abe told hundreds of voters in Tokyo’s neon-lit Akihabara electronics district on the eve of the election.

      “Japan can be much richer,” Abe said, sporting a knee-length white windbreaker emblazoned with his campaign slogan: “This is the only way”.

      Sixty-year-old Abe was only halfway through his four-year term when he called the vote last month. The first two of his “three arrows” of Abenomics – monetary easing and fiscal stimulus – have largely hit their targets; the once-painfully high yen has plunged, sending stocks higher.

      And prices have begun rising after years of standing still – proof, says Abe, that this is the beginning of a virtuous circle of economic growth, with higher wages soon to follow.

      However, a precipitous sales tax rise in April snuffed out consumer spending, sending Japan into the two negative quarters of growth that make a recession.

      Critics say Abe has not been bold enough to take on the vested interests that are the real key to reversing nearly two decades of economic underperformance.

      A four-year mandate from the electorate may embolden the prime minister’s hand and see off opposition from within a vast and ill-disciplined LDP, too often given to bouts of regicide.

      But heavy snow across swathes of Japan on Sunday looked set to further dampen enthusiasm among already-uninspired voters, raising fears of a record low turnout.

      “I have no expectations from politics,” Kanji Takahashi, a 72-year-old fish market worker, said after casting a ballot at a Tokyo polling station.

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    • Asin rubbishes rumours of returning to the South industry

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    • Twitter seemed to buzz with the news that Asin is returning to South films. Apparently it was posted on a fake handle in Asin’;s name and has been picked up by some publications as well.

      Surprised by all this the actress clarifies, “I am not on Twitter and i’;d appreciate it if people checked with me before publishing rubbish put up on fake handles.”

      “I’;m am not doing nor looking at doing any South projects currently. I am currently not taking up any projects at all. Hope that clears it.”

      Asin who made her big Bollywood debut alongside Aamir Khan in the blockbuster Ghajini, has ever since worked with the top actors in the industry and has several super-hits in her kitty including a record of Four, hundred crore blockbusters.

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    • IPR Dead, Industry ICU, Services-Trade Poor, Agriculture Primitive
      December14, 2014 (C) Ravinder Singh ravinderinvent@gmail.com

      Indian Economists from Manmohan Singh to Raghuram Rajan are like Witch
      Doctors who believe some alien Ghost has invaded the Indian body –
      don’t believe in X-Ray, ECG, Blood Test, and Medicines and Surgery of
      Indian Economy but would blame Foreign Ghosts – China, Japan, Middle
      East, EU for all our problems.

      Witch Doctors of Indian Economy painted gloomy picture of the world
      when Global Wealth Growth was highest from $243 trillion to $263
      trillion for this year.

      Economists in the Developed Countries are Worried about IPR,
      Environment, FDI, Employment, Wages, Trade Balance, Exchange Rate
      adding up to their Wealth.

      Indian Witch Doctors are happy with Growth Rate, Growth Of Bank
      Deposits, Inflation and Investments but none of Developed Countries
      Priorities > Ignore Wealth Creation.

      In World GDP of $76 trillion 2013 foreign trade accounted for $38
      trillion, IPR blood contribution was $20 trillion. Global Wealth By
      Region for 2013 & 2014 in $T are
      Global    Africa    Asia-Pacific    China    Europe    India    L. America    N. America
      2013    243.134    2.664    48.096    20.689    77.051    3.640    9.124    81.870
      2014    263.242    2.831    49.489    21.404    85.200    3.604    9.113    91.240

      IPR Dead – Technology in IPR is lifeblood of all economies Rich or
      Poor but our Witch Doctors believe Indian Economy run without Patents
      and Intellectual Property. In current World GDP of $76 Trillion –
      value of IPR is $20 Trillion.

      Just like human blood IPR Is Constantly Replaced By New IPR Blood or
      Patents Filings have grown at record pace – so its important that
      India Create IPR on its own or let in Foreign IPR. But crippling India
      Patent Office through which Real IPR enters Indian economy is blocked
      and deficient or fake IPR makes Indian Economy – Unhealthy,
      Inefficient & Uncompetitive.

      Industry in ICU – Witch Doctors didn’t tell us Indian Industry is
      declining when Manufacturing Fell 7.6% when GDP is projected to grow
      at 5% or 6% therefore share of Manufacturing shall decline to 13% by
      year end and that Foreign Companies in India are all doing well
      expanding market share by introducing new Advanced Products & Latest
      Technologies.

      India continues to PUMP MONEY in to Dead Manufacturing & Industry.

      Services -Trade Poor – Foreign Trade volume are enormous $38 trillion,
      in this Developed countries export high tech manufactured goods Poorer
      countries like India export Raw Materials. To buy an Apple iPhone,
      India sell 10 Tones of Iron Ore or 1 tone of Steel or 1 tone of
      Basmati Rice or 1 tone of Fish etc. Railways, Roads, Infa, Logistics
      Health Care & Education are all in poor shape, Homes are built in 5-8
      years.

      Agriculture Primitive – Main role of 800m Farmers is own 500m farm
      animals, plant seeds and harvest crops and hand it over to some Trader
      – farming in India remains primitive. Farmers Can’t Store, Process,
      Market Their Produce Due to Various Restrictions. Per Capita Median
      Farmers’ Income is not even $200 annually.

      Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND PROJECTS
      Y-77, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016, India. Ph; 091- 9718280435, 9650421857

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    • Dear guest,UNICEF India requests the honour of your attendance at the Activate Talk we are holding on 18 December at 11:00 am at Alliance Française(72, KK Birla Marg, Lodi Estate, New Delhi).UNICEF has declared 2014 as the Year of Innovation for Children as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  Our talk, focusing on Innovations to Support Ending Open Defecation in India, is part of a series of events around the world which will bring together inspirational speakers to share innovations that can deliver progress on the major issues confronting the most vulnerable and marginalized children in each country.UNICEF India has chosen sanitation as a theme to focus on for our talks. Five speakers will talk about the issue from different angles including social and behaviour change, public dialogue and advocacy, policy, equity and gender and youth engagement.Nalin Mehta, writer, social historian and columnist, will moderate the talk.Speakers include:Online platforms as a tool to harness the power of youth to create socialUse of innovative communication approaches to change mindsets among children and adolescents (especially girls) from marginalized communities.The role of politicians as innovators and champions for sanitation  From temples to toilets – the power of faith to influence sanitation behavior change Group handwashing with soap in Schools before the mid-day mealPlease RSVP by 16 December using the following email: richa@bace.inWe look forward to seeing you on 18 December.Yours Truly,Sumita Rathore
    • 91-9971393304
    • ·         Aruna Rajoria, Indian Administrative Service, Mission Director, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan – Education for All Campaign, Government of Assam.
    • ·         Swami Chidanand Swaraswati, co-founder Global Inter-Faith WASH Alliance.
    • ·         Jairam Ramesh, Indian economist and Member of Parliament representing Andhra Pradesh.
    • ·         Sonal Kapoor, Founder of Protsahan.
    • ·         Anshul Tewari, Founder of Youth Ki Awaaz.

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    • Raghuram Pathetic, ‘India Manufacturing in ICU’ 8% of GDP
    • December13, 2014 (C) Ravinder Singh ravinderinvent@gmail.com

      Ever since Dubiously Qualified Raghuram Rajan who has all the degrees
      but not worked in any Factory or Bank or Management Consultancy –
      Indian or Foreign was engaged by Dr. Manmohan Singh in 2008, India
      Industry is in down slide.

      ‘The capital goods sector, which is a barometer of industrial
      activity, fell 2.3% year-on-year in October while consumer durables
      contracted 35.2% compared to a decline of 12% same period last year’ –
      This is 50% Crash of Consumer Durable Manufacture by 50% in just 19
      months even as Credit to Manufacturing was increased by 44% since
      April2012.

      October14 Manufacturing is Down (-) 7.6% as GDP growth is expected to
      end the year around 5% thus there is 13% decline in share of
      Manufacturing of 15% pf GDP – so there is 2 Percent Point Decline to
      13%. But Auto Manufacturing growth is up around 12% or 8% of GDP – in
      this more than 5% of GDP is Foreign owned. Reduced petroleum prices
      shall KICK Foreign Dominated Auto Sector.

      Effectively Indian Manufacturing Down 8% of GDP, No Stopping Fall

      1. GOI didn’t Protect IPR of Indian Inventors, MSMEs who are on
      Learning Curve didn’t let them breathe.

      2. GOI didn’t let BANKS TAKEOVER FACTORIES IN COMA for Younger
      Entrepreneurs to Run.

      3. GoI didn’t FUND R&D Companies.

      4. GOI didn’t Support ROOFTOP Solar, Energy Efficiency, LED etc to
      reduce Energy Cost of Factories and avoid power cuts.

      5. No Entry Restrictions for IMPORTS, foreign manufacturers E-Market
      their products Direct to Consumers Leaving Indian Companies Helpless.

      6. GOI didn’t provide INFRA to assist Foreign Manufacturing Plants.

      7.  GOI Funded LOOT PROGRAM of DMIC – Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor
      – that shall Charge High Cost for Infrastructure & Services and
      factory shall be uncompetitive.

      Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND PROJECTS
      Y-77, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016, India. Ph; 091- 9718280435, 9650421857

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    • “Raise your voice whenever you see a child in distress”


    • 14 December, 2014: New Delhi:Soon after arriving from Oslo after being conferred with the Nobel Peace Prize, Kailash Satyarthi addressing the media at Constitution Club of India said “I have no words to express my gratitude to my country and countrymen. Whatever I am today is because of you and the great culture, traditions and values of my motherland, India. We know that there are millions of children across the world who are victims of exploitation and violence. In spite of all the progress and technological advancement that we have been able to make, the painful paradox that stares in our face is that children are still compelled to lose their childhood and their future. I always say that a single child in danger anywhere means that the whole world is in danger everywhere. If a girl in any village, town, city or anywhere for that matter is not able to walk around freely then the world is not civilised enough.I have had the privilege to work with many people. Today in India and the world, I see change and hope knocking our doors. All we need is to listen to this reckoning and act now. The most important thing that I have imbibed from the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, is that he has successfully been able to transform a political movement into a social movement. Likewise, friends, I urge all of you to transform the compassion for children into a global movement. Today, we need to globalise compassion.I am grateful to India’s vibrant democracy that gives space to each and every one to raise a voice. I cannot thank our judiciary enough for pronouncing landmark judgments upholding children’s rights. I am also grateful to the media which has always acted independently and promptly to bring to the fore the issues concerning children of our world. The greatest credit for this honour today goes to the blessings of the mothers and fathers whose children we have been able to rescue and restore. Today the Nobel Peace Prize brings along with it tremendous moral responsibility on me and every citizen of my country. For the sake of the most vulnerable and deprived children and for the sake of God, I appeal to you to raise your voice whenever you see a child in distress. Child labor, sexual abuse, trafficking, slavery, denial of education and the insecurity under which the children reel are all violence. I request you to shed your silence and neutrality. I call upon the polity, the governments, the trade unions, the teachers unions, the businesses, NGOs and all other stakeholders across the world to stand up for the rights of the children.
    • Friends, it gives me great pride in saying that today the world is recognising the real power of India. We need to come together in creating an India that is more prosperous, more knowledgeable and high on morals. The core value of our soul is ‘Vasu deva Kutumbakam’. We believe that the whole world is our family and now is the time for this family to march ahead and make this world much safer, happier and peaceful for all children.”
    • Kailash Satyarthi’s Homecoming Address
    • 14th December, 2014
      FINANCE MINISTER ARUN JAITLEY & URBAN DEVELOPMENT MINISTER VENKIAH NAIDU WILL BE FELICITATEDIn support of various issues of traders and non corporate sector, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) and several other national organisations of different verticals of non corporate sector. are holding a massive rally on 18 December 2014 at Ramlila Maidan. Beside CAIT, All India Motor Transport Congress, All India Confederation of Goods Vehicle Owners Association, All India Transport Welfare Association, Federation of Indian Small & Micro Enterprises , National Hawkers Federation, Bhartiya Kisan Morcha,International Society For Small & Medium Enterprises  etc. are organising Rally. Tens of thousands of people from all over the Country will also attend the Rally. CAIT National President Mr. B.C.Bhartia will chair the Rally
    • Convener of the Rally Mr. Sushil Goel said that Delhi is a trading centre since ages and its distributive character of trade needs greater protection since it is the largest source of revenue to State Government. The Walled city, largest hub of wholesale commercial markets in the Country, has its unique place. Therefore, every effort must be made by the Government to provide better business environment in Delhi particularly in walled city and therefore the issues like extension of National Capital Territory Act,2011 and resolving the complex issue of parking & conversion charges and providing parking lots is the need of the hour.
    • Shri Suresh Bindal, Chairman of the Rally Committee said that since there is a trader friendly government at the centre, it is right time to raise issues in a strong manner in order to obtain solutions. With a slogan ‘ Abhi Nahin To Kabhi Nahin’, large number of traders from all over Delhi will participate in the Rally whereas trade leaders from across the Country shall  also be attending the Rally.
    • CAIT Delhi State President Mr. Ramesh Khanna informed that Union Urban Development Minister Mr. Venkaiah Naidu will be felicitated at the Rally for his persuasion of obtaining approval of the Union Cabinet on Draft Bill for extension of National Capital Territory Act till 2017 to protect Delhi from sealing and demolitions. About 5 lakh traders in Delhi will be benefitted with such move of the Government.
    • The rally will have special focus on several issues concerning Delhi trade which includes extension of National Capital Territory  (Special Provision) Act to protect people of Delhi from sealing & demolitions, parking & conversion charges, notification of 351 Roads for Commercial & Mixed Land Use etc.
    • The rally is being organised to support announcement made by Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley for creation of a separate financial architecture for non corporate sector which was a long standing demand of CAIT, as core banking sector has failed to provide loans to non corporate sector. Only 4% of this sector could able to obtain loans from core banking sector. Therefore, the announcement of Finance Minister is a shot in arm of this sector. The rally will also urge the Government to resolve other core issues on similar lines which includes Rules & Regulations for Online Retail Trade, FDI in Retail E Commerce, Single tax simplified GST, Re-drafting of Delhi Rent Act, removal of anomalies & disparities in current VAT tax regime, Re-drafting of Food Safety & Standards Act, National Trade Policy For Retail Trade & a separate Ministry of Internal Trade, Abrogation of outdated & obsolete Laws governing retail trade, Holistic Road Transport & Safety Bill and implementation of National Urban Street Vendor Policy and Lower Tax Slab in Income Tax for Traders & Non Corporate Sector.
    • TRADERS MASSIVE RALLY ON 18TH DECEMBER AT RAMLILA GROUND AT DELHI 
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    • India is projected to grow at 5.9% in 2015: United NationsAccording to United Nation’s report, World Economic Situation and Prospects 2015 (WESP), India is expected to grow at 5.9% in 2015 and 6.3% in 2016, compared with an estimated growth of 5.4% for 2014. The report said that India led the South Asian region to a moderate strengthening in growth during 2014 and it is expected that even in future the recovery will be led by India, which accounts for about 70% of regional output, other economies such as Bangladeshand the Islamic Republic of Iran are also projected to see stronger growth in the forecast period.Among the developing countries, economic growth in South Asia is set to rise to 5.4% in 2015 and 5.7% in 2016, withIndia leading the growth in the region. Economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean is projected to moderately improve. Meanwhile, Africa’s overall growth momentum will continue, with GDP growth expected to accelerate to 4.6% in 2015 and 4.9% in 2016. East Asia will remain the fastest-growing region, and is projected to see stable growth of 6.1% in 2015 and 6% in 2016. In the CIS, prospects are weak with near-zero growth expected in the Russian Federation.Among the developed economies, the US economy is expected to improve to 2.8% in 2015 and 3.1% in 2016. Only a slight improvement in growth is expected in European Union which is projected to grow at 1.7% in 2015 and 2% in 2016. The region is held back by the travails of the euro area, where the level of GDP has yet to regain its pre-recession peak. In Japan, growth is estimated at 1.2% in 2015 and will decline to 1.1% in 2016; this is mainly attributed to the drop of private consumption due to a higher consumption tax.
    • In addition, the global economy is expected to grow at 3.1% in 2015 and 3.3% in 2016, compared with an estimated growth of 2.6% for 2014. Although legacies from the global financial crisis continue to weigh on growth, while new challenges have emerged, including geopolitical conflicts such as in Ukraine and the Ebola epidemic. The report said global economic growth will strengthen subject to risks including the normalization of US interest rates; fragilities in the euro area; vulnerabilities in emerging economies; geopolitical tensions ; and varied monetary and policy stance around the world.
    • At the same time, several countries, notably India, are likely to make progress in implementing economic policy reforms, thus providing support to business and consumer confidence. There are, however, significant downside risks for the region due to the continuing fragility of the global economy and considerable country-specific weaknesses, including political instability and the agricultural dependency on the monsoon.
    • Global economy to improve marginally, but mounting uncertainties and risks could undermine economic growth, upcoming US interest rate increases, remaining euro are fragility, a further slowdown in developing economies and geopolitical conflicts pose major concerns for global economic outlook.

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    • 19th IBSA National Sports Meet for the Blind -2014
    • The 19th meet is especially significant as performance in this meet will form the basis for short listing athletes for participating in the 5th World Championships and Games for the blind scheduled to be held in May 2015 in Seoul, Korea.
    • Elaborate arrangements for free boarding, lodging and transportation of the participants coming from different parts of India are being made at the premises of the Blind Relief Association.  In the evening cultural programmes are being arranged for the entertainment of the participants.
    • All the competitions will be conducted in accordance with international norms for blind sports as stipulated by International Blind Sports Federation.  To ensure highest level of professionalism and fair conduct of competitions services of professional and experienced judges and other technical officials from Athletic Federation of India, Chess Federation and IBSA are being taken.
    • The 19th meet will have about 600 participants, including officials, from such far off places as Manipur, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.  The meet will continue till 16th December, 2014 and will witness the budding and some of the finest totally blind and low vision athletes from across the country, several of them with international exposure and medal winners, vying for medals and creating new meet and National marks.  The meet will be divided into Intermediate (14 to 17 yrs and Open (not below 14 yrs) age sections, with separate competitions for male and female athletes under the three sight classifications, namely, B-1 (totally blind), B-2 and B-3 (low vision/partially blind) athletes.  The track events include 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500 and 5000m and relay races.  Field events will have long jump, shot put, javelin and discus throws.  The Chess competition will also form part of the meet and will be held at the premises of the Blind Relief Association, Delhi.
    • New Delhi, 13th December, 2014: Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports Government of India will inaugurate the 19th National Sports Meet for the Blind at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday the 13thDecember, 2014 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.  and Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi Hon’ble Member of Parliament will be theGuest of Honour.  Over 60 teams of blind sports persons from 14 states will participate in the 4 day event.  The meet is the largest national Sports event for the blind in the country and is held every two years.  These meets are organized by the Indian Blind Sorts Association with the support from the Blind Relief Association, Delhi.  The last meet (18th) was held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (New Delhi in December 2012).
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    • Indonesia emerges winner at the 11th Yamaha ASEAN Cup Race 2014

      Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ravinder Singh, Vice President – Sales Strategy and Planning, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd., said, “We at Yamaha Motor India Sales have constantly endeavored to provide Indian racers the best of facilities and opportunities to realize their dreams of racing and during this process touch many more lives and inspire them to share their dreams. While motorcycle racing is still at a nascent stage in India, we are satisfied with the improvement in the performance of the Indian riders. Further, the exposure and experience earned by our riders in this championship would prove to be very prolific to them and to others as well who aspire to make a mark in this profession and wish to represent India in such competitions. We are confident that with our continued efforts in this direction, Indian riders would make a mark in the coming years on an international platform.”Objectives of the YAMAHA ASEAN CUP RACE

    • Presently, YMIS supports IYM to market and sell its two-wheelers including YZF-R15 Version 2.0 (150cc), Fazer (153cc), FZ-S (153cc), FZ-S FI Version 2.0 (149 cc), FZ (153cc), FZ FI Version 2.0 (149 cc), Fazer FI Version 2.0(149 cc), SZ-RR Version 2.0 (149 cc), SZ-S & SZ-RR (153cc), SS125 (123cc), YBR125 (123cc), YBR110 (106cc), Crux (106cc) and scooters Ray (113cc), Ray Z (113cc) and Alpha (113 cc) and its import portfolio VMAX (1,679cc), YZF-R1 (998cc) and FZ1 (998cc).
    • Yamaha made its initial foray into India in 1985. In August 2001, Yamaha India became a 100% subsidiary of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd, Japan (YMC). In 2008, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. entered into an agreement with YMC to become a joint-investor in India Yamaha Motor Private Limited (IYM). YMC has established its wholly-owned subsidiary – Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd. (YMIS) in India to independently support IYM in Sales & Marketing of its products.
    • About Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd.
    • The ASEAN region represents the most important market for Yamaha Motor’s motorcycle business, where major growth has been achieved through the early introduction of models equipped with automatic transmissions, fuel injection systems, etc. Among the reasons behind this success is Yamaha’s sporty brand image, the sporty designs and performance of the products introduced and the active efforts across the region to promote the spread and development of sports. Since its launch in 2003, the YAMAHA ASEAN CUP RACE motorcycle race event has emerged as a prominent symbol of these efforts, along with the YAMAHA ASEAN CUP U-13 FOOTBALL tournaments. Also, by using production models as the base race machines for this event, Yamaha aims to fulfill its objectives of strengthening the brand image, widely popularizing the race among communities across the region, developing motorcycle sports and contributing to youth development.
    • Top four performing riders of the YZF-R15 One Make Race Championship held in India, represented Yamaha Motor India Sales at the Yamaha ASEAN Cup 2014. All the four Indian contestants namely Mr. Jagan Kumar, Mr. Deepak Ravikumar, Mr. Padmanaban, Mr. Padmanaban competed in the ST class. In ST 150 class, 25-year-old Jagan Kumar, who started fourth at the grid, crashed out in final Race 1 after completing his fifth lap and then ended 13th in the final Race 2 with a total time of 23:36.509 in 12 laps. Deepak Ravikumar, who started at eighth at the grid, did better as he finished 10th and 12th in Race 1 and Race 2 respectively. The third in fray in the same class, Padmanabhan crashed out of Race 1 in the first lap while he did not start in Race 2. In the ST 250 class, Rajini Krishnan, who had his bike replaced with a new one after his vehicle developed problems in the Electric Control Unit in the qualifications, started 17th and last at the grid and ended the final race at 12th with a total time of 21:37.660 in 12 laps.
    • *”JUPITER Z1″ is the model’s Indonesian market name.
    • Some 60,000 spectators gathered over the two days for this holding of the YAMAHA ASEAN CUP RACE. The competition was held in three classes: the ST15 Class competed on the “YZF-R15” street sports model, the MT Class competed on the “JUPITER Z1″* sporty underbone model and the ST25 Class (exhibition race) using the “YZF-R25” supersport model. Fifty-one riders from the five participating countries of India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand and six riders from Japan joining as special entries were organized into the various classes for the competition, resulting in plenty of exciting racing. Racing under optimum conditions in an exciting and competitive atmosphere, the riders battled aggressively in these thrilling races. When the competition was over, the ST Class (YZF-R15) was won by Mr. Rheza Danica (Indonesia) who finished 1st and 20th in the two heats in front of the cheering home crowd while the MT Class (JUPITER Z1*) was won by Mr. Peerapong Luiboonpeng (Indonesia) who placed 1st and 18th in two heats. The ST25 Class (exhibition race) won by Mr. Sudarmono(Indonesia) who placed 1st and 14th in the two heats. The event was also graced by two-time MotoGP world champion and Yamaha racer Mr. Jorge Lorenzo and Moto GP rider Mr. Pol Espargaro who gave a circuit demo run using the YZF-R25 bike and also communicated about the exciting world of motorsports to the many spectators at the event.
    • New Delhi, 13th December 2014: The 11th Yamaha ASEAN Cup Race 2014, organized by Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and P.T. Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing came to an exciting end at the Sentul International Circuit (Overall length: approx. 3.96 km) in West Java, Indonesia. Team Indonesia emerged as the winner of the two day event, 6th – 7th December, 2014. This event is an international one-make championship competition that aims to crown the No. 1 rider in the ASEAN region. Indian racing team put up with a creditable show.
    • ~Indian Riders put up an improved show

Dec

13

  • *The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library*

    cordially invites you to a* Seminar*

    at 3.00 pm on Monday, 15th December, 2014

    in the Common Room, Annexe Building

    on

    *‘Peasants, Spies and Stolen Harvests:*

    *The making of the Northeast India East Pakistan border, 1930-1970’*

    by

    *Dr. Malini Sur,*

    National University of Singapore,

    Singapore.

    *Abstract:*

    In this talk, the speaker engages with overlapping and contested claims
    over land and rice along South Asia’s northeastern borderlands. She shows
    how the conversion of agricultural land into provincial and national
    territories, and religious and political mobilizations that defined
    affiliations and citizenship, altered prior conceptions of locality and
    belonging. The entangled histories of two peasant and border communities
    who may be broadly described as Muslim cultivators of Bengali origin and
    the mostly Christian Garos tells the story of rice wars along the
    edges of colonial
    Assam and eastern Bengal. These provincial margins were fought over,
    redrawn and mapped to form the post-colonial borders of Northeast India and
    East Pakistan (1930-1970). As intersecting projects surrounding land came
    to mark borders, evicted and displaced peasants not only lost but also
    acquired each other’s land and rice harvests. Combining a close reading of
    late colonial and early post-colonial archives with ethnographic fieldwork,
    the speaker shows how the politically charged semantics of rice complicates
    the romantic pastoral of land loss, disrupts the “citizen-refugee” analytic
    that South Asia’s partition historiography has privileged and connects
    disparate histories of migration and settlement.

    S*peaker:*

    Dr. Malini Sur is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Asia Research Institute,
    National University of Singapore. Her research interests connect three
    broad areas—borders, mobility, and citizenship—with a focus on South Asia.
    She has lectured at the University of Amsterdam, held a writing fellowship
    at the University of Toronto and worked for Social Science Research Council
    (New York). Dr. Sur has published in anthropology and interdisciplinary
    journals including HAU, *Mobilities*, *Indian Journal of Gender Studies*
    and *The Economic and Political Weekly*.

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